Paul C Skertich @Paul_Skertich@VictoriaLoder_ When are you still open to accept queries? I'm done with my ms, but my life is in the air right now. I'm making sure my life is settled before querying.
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Astra Crompton @ulzaorith@VictoriaLoder_ Is this something that agents generally advise/assist on? I understand Publishers don't typically support authors with promotion anymore...
Julia A Weber @JAWeberEditsI’ll never tire of sharing this #writingtip on sentence lengths.
"Don't just write words. Write music." #amediting #writingcommmunity pic.twitter.com/d2wt5pLGZm
I think about this image regularly. I see a lot of looong sentences in manuscripts. Many are grammatically correct, but not enough attention is paid to the actual reading experience. It means you miss out on this rhythm and music.
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Noreen @naziaso@UweStenderPhD #askagent how important are comps in a QL. I can’t find comps that reflect my book to a T.
Somewhat important as they "ground" the work in comparison. But you can comp to movies and TV series, too.
Maria Kuhn @mariakuhnbkk@UweStenderPhD Does having a manuscript assessed by a professional writing academy instructor make a difference when submitting a query? Should you mention it? TY
Not to me. You can mention it or not it won't affect my judgement either way.
LKnerl @LKnerl@UweStenderPhD Is an agent's website a sign of their level of professionalism and ability to pitch in a modern/digital publishing realm? Or is it superficial to see a crappy site and assume it's related? Some well-established agencies scare me: sites not updated, showing few deals, etc. Thx.
I cannot answer that. Check into Publishers Marketplace or Publishers Weekly to see IF deals are happening. If they are, I would not worry about the website. If they aren't, then dig deeper...but don't judge a book by its cover alone.
Aneta Cruz @AnetaCruz@UweStenderPhD An agent told me that my artistic choice to use a classic voice for a fairy tale is not the trend right now. I’m deliberately choosing to NOT follow the trend. Is there any market for my work at all, then? (Sorry, I may be venting/throwing myself a pity party 😊)
Impossible to answer without context. But it is ONE agent's interpretation of your writing and current trends. Another agent may feel differently about the book. If you hear it from 10 agents, then I would take it seriously, but ONE...I would not care for even one second.
Ollie @AdrianneXBrooks@UweStenderPhD Oh, ok. I was just wondering since some of the agents I've reached out to in the past request sample pages (usually the first five).
Oh, ok I misunderstood. Send the first 5, but prologues can be problematic. And since you're wondering if you should include it, you *may* not need it.
Léonicka @leonickaA tricky thing about querying is it doesn’t seem to be an iterative process. Many agents don’t have time to give feedback so it’s not a good way to get info on how to make your query/work better. HIGHLY rec finding a writing community and doing research online. #askagent
Biggest piece of feedback I actually give is “your book is too long.” Biggest piece of feedback I don’t have time to explain is “that’s not how you write a synopsis.” #askagent
A tricky thing about querying is it doesn’t seem to be an iterative process. Many agents don’t have time to give feedback so it’s not a good way to get info on how to make your query/work better. HIGHLY rec finding a writing community and doing research online. #askagent
Léonicka @leonicka@jewelbarnettphd #askagent when writers query w/o a full MS it’s usually due to ignorance of the process. I see writers who also pitch concepts or their full body of work. Typically I add a line to my form rejection telling them to do a bit more research and keep it moving.
#askagent occasionally a fiction writer may get an agent before completing a manuscript but it’s usually tied to some sort of high profile accomplishment (award, viral content etc).
Léonicka @leonicka@jewelbarnettphd #askagent For the most part non-fiction is sold on proposal and sample chaps so a full manuscript is not necessary. Fiction generally requires a full manuscript.
#askagent when writers query w/o a full MS it’s usually due to ignorance of the process. I see writers who also pitch concepts or their full body of work. Typically I add a line to my form rejection telling them to do a bit more research and keep it moving.
Jewel Barnett, Ph.D. @jewelbarnettphd@leonicka Both I'm confused.
#askagent For the most part non-fiction is sold on proposal and sample chaps so a full manuscript is not necessary. Fiction generally requires a full manuscript.
Cindy Cummins @cindy_cdcumminsWhat is a good word count for YA-Fiction? I have received good feed back, but one agent said my word count was a bit low. #AskUpstart
It depends on the genre. A contemporary might be as low as 60,000, a fantasy might be upwards of 100,000. #AskUpstart